Royal London Sustainable Diversified Trust Class C Inc
Mixed Asset 41-60% Equity
Rated Fund 2017-19. Invests to benefit society
Royal London Sustainable Diversified fund aims to provide capital growth from a diverse range of asset classes – equities, fixed income securities, property related investments and cash – with a focus on investments that make a positive contribution to society.
Mike Fox, head of sustainable investments at Royal London Asset Management, has managed the fund since 2014. He invests in companies with products or services that benefit his core themes of the environment, human welfare and sustainability.
His focus is on companies leading their industries in environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance, as assessed by Royal London’s analysts. Fox and his team aim to integrate the consideration of ESG issues alongside financial analysis throughout the investment process.
Every holding in the fund has to meet key criteria and the team actively engages with the companies it invests in to champion best practice and challenging them on ESG issues. On the other side of the coin, the exclusion policy is to focus on avoiding companies believed to expose investors to unacceptable financial risk resulting from poor management of ESG considerations.
Fox’s investment approach is characterised by several features, including a focus on long-term themes and trends, such as infrastructure or changing demographics. When selecting shares, he takes a valuation-driven approach aimed at identifying mispriced opportunities with careful analysis of company-specific factors.
Fox aims for low turnover in the portfolio with companies typically held for three to five years. The lion’s share of assets, at more than 60%, is invested in the UK, but the fund also had 20% in the US and smaller allocations across continental Europe at the end of 2018.
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|Microsoft Corp||2.44 %|
|RELX PLC||2.05 %|
|London Stock Exchange Group PLC||2.04 %|
|Rentokil Initial PLC||2.03 %|
|Agilent Technologies Inc||2.00 %|
|Experian PLC||1.97 %|
|AstraZeneca PLC||1.96 %|
|Roche Holding AG Dividend Right Cert.||1.93 %|
|CSX Corp||1.92 %|
|Segro PLC||1.86 %|
|United Kingdom||47.19 %|
|United States||34.56 %|
|Europe - ex Euro||9.11 %|
|Consumer Cyclical||13.30 %|
|Financial Services||8.11 %|
|Real Estate||6.86 %|
|Consumer Defensive||5.97 %|
|Basic materials||5.28 %|
Mike is investment manager of the CIS Sustainable Leaders Trust and has been doing this job since November 2003. Mike selects, from the list of companies meeting the criteria of the Trust, the companies most likely to provide strong investment performance.
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